The latest episode of Great British Bake Off surprised viewers when contestant Janusz Domagala, one of the odds-on favorites to win, was the one to leave the tent. But now that his exit has become official, he’s shared a secret he kept throughout the season.
Every week he wore one of the Progress Pride flag colors – and he stayed long enough to complete it.
“I DID IT!” he posted on Twitter, along with a photo of his sartorial secret displayed in order. “Being chubby, gay and the first Polish national contestant on GBBO I knew I had a lot to represent walking into the tent. I wanted to do this by being myself but also set myself a little challenge to wear a colour of the pride flag each week and hope that I could tick them all off!
“I love being able to be a part of so many different communities and Great Britain is a home that’s allowed me to do that. Thank you SO much for taking me in and embracing me and for the love, support and fun over the last 9 weeks, and thank you to every person who was in that tent on and behind the camera with me who became family!
“Janusz has left the tent.”
His fans, of course, were devastated.
“You were fantastic and I am going to miss your eyeliner, funky boots, drip cakes, fantastic bakes and Pride colours,” one responded. “You are an amazing baker and a joy to watch.”
— Janusz (@januszbakes) November 8, 2022
Oh how I wanted you to stay in. You have been brilliant and such a role model to any LGBT community , well done Janusz
— dp (@pirrazzo61) November 8, 2022
This is the sweetest reply. All you guys and girls have been so lovely this series. I dont want it to end.
— Lucy Courtenay (@Lucy_Loo81) November 8, 2022
You were fantastic and I am going to miss your eyeliner, funky boots, drip cakes, fantastic bakes and Pride colours. You are an amazing baker and a joy to watch.
— Anooshka Rawden (@anooshka_rawden) November 9, 2022
We like, “man get out” too.
A lovely guy. Probably with future in TV now too. Can’t wait for Janusz on the Bake Off an Extra Slice show with Tom Allen – sure to be more joy
— Matthew Hartley (@MJH525) November 9, 2022
I had you pegged as the winner from week one! You are still a winner though. Very well done (from someone who routinely has epic baking fails, as in….what was it supposed to be )
— Janette Williams (@Janette84426306) November 9, 2022
the people’s prince, the drip cake darling, forever in our hearts
— chlodonnell (@chlozzerz) November 8, 2022